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    Default Model A enthusiasts?

    I've recently become dangerously obsessed with owning a Ford Model A pickup. I have a couple of motorcycle projects to finish before I can buy anything so I'm indulging my curiosity by watching YouTube videos about rebuilding Model A engines.

    What I want is a bare-bones, no interior, compromised, flat-black mongrel that I can modify on a whim. I want a Model A engine, trans, rear, and wire wheels, etc., but would like to have modern bearings, adustable valves, etc. I am anticipating building a motor starting with a bare block.

    I'm assuming there's people here who know about this stuff. I'm not a good enough machinist for engine work so I'd need to find resources in the Philadelphia PA area to get that work done.

    Anyone with experience care to comment?

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    In my opinion, you should consider a Model B engine as the basis for your build. The B engine was offered in 1932 as an alternate power plant for the new V8. The B engine had full presssure lubrication and, I think, a counterbalanced crank shaft. You can probably get insert bearing conversions for both the A and B engines. The B engine looks like the A, and some enthusiasts are using these engines in their A models because they stand up better to high speed driving. It has been a long time since I owned and drove an A model.

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    [QUOTE=Jim Williams;1216159]In my opinion, you should consider a Model B engine as the basis for your build.[l/QUOTE]

    Interesting. One of the trucks I saw for sale had a model B engine and I wondered what the difference was. Something like that would be fine with me, I just want something modest from roughly that period, not an OHV V8.

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    Wasn't Popcorn Sutton a model A enthusiast???

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    Commander_Chaos.....What you've described sounds like a traditional styled hot rod to me. Here's a link to a great forum. https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...ssage-board.5/ Each month there's usually a thread dedicated to 4-bangers. The HAMB could be a great resource for you.

    Lynn

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    You mean something like this?
    Brian Rupnow

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian Rupnow View Post
    You mean something like this?
    That's a beautiful truck but far nicer than what I want. I saw one in Massachusetts that had been built from parts and painted with a brush. It was love at first sight. The only thing it didn't have that I want was a completely rebuilt stock-ish drivetrain.

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    For price comparison, friend just went to an auction here in OK that had a complete original non running A pickup. Went for between 8 and 9 grand, couldn't remember the exact amount. He quit when it went over 5 grand. Needed restoring but was straight with no rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobinOK View Post
    For price comparison, friend just went to an auction here in OK that had a complete original non running A pickup. Went for between 8 and 9 grand, couldn't remember the exact amount. He quit when it went over 5 grand. Needed restoring but was straight with no rust.
    The one I mentioned with the Model B engine went for 8900 which I thought was reasonable. It was driveable but needed side and rear glass and had no title. I've heard you can get a title through Vermont but I'll make absolutely certain of that before I buy anything.

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    I know there are conversion kits to put a t5 transmission into the A’s. My dad picked up the trans for his roadster but that is as far as he got. I know you said stock drive line but I think this would be a worthy upgrade if you are wanting to do any decent driving with it. It would also take someone that knows to tell that it wasn’t stock.

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